Vince Alexander named Saint Leo head men’s hoops coach

Vince Alexander named Saint Leo head men’s hoops coach

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Vince Alexander, among the winningest active coaches in Division II men's basketball and a three-time NABC Regional Coach of the Year, will guide the next chapter for Saint Leo University men's basketball as the Lions' new head coach.

"There were many outstanding candidates we considered for this position, but Vince Alexander rose to the top very quickly in terms of his character, understanding our culture and values, and his outstanding coaching success at the Division II level," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics. "The goals for our men's basketball program are to be a contender for our conference title, qualify for the NCAA tournament, and advance to the Elite 8. There was one candidate in the search who had proven he can accomplish these goals and has accomplished this multiple times, and that person is Vince Alexander."

"We are excited to welcome Vince and his family to the Saint Leo community and begin the next era of success in Saint Leo men's basketball," said Reidy.

A 16-year veteran as a collegiate head coach, all of it at the NCAA Division II level, Alexander began the 2014-15 season among the winningest active coaches in Division II in both winning percentage (.604, 53rd) and total wins (285, 55th).

"I'm extremely excited to join the Saint Leo family, and I would like to thank President Kirk and Fran Reidy for this exciting opportunity," said Alexander. "Saint Leo is a great institution with tremendous core values and great people. I look forward to working with all the people in this great athletic program, and I am excited to be leading the Saint Leo men's basketball team."

Alexander joins the Green and Gold from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he led the Pacers for 10 seasons. During that span, Alexander guided USC-Aiken to four Peach Belt Conference regular season championships in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and three of the last six PBC tournament titles.

His most recent PBC tournament championships – back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014 – proved to be the springboard for deep runs through the NCAA tournament in both seasons.

Led by PBC Player of the Year Re'mon Nelson, Alexander's 2012-13 squad reached the NCAA Elite 8 and finished the season with a 25-8 record. The Pacers followed up in 2013-14 with a second straight trip to the Elite 8, reaching the 'final four' and finishing with a 33-4 mark, behind performances by PBC Defensive Player of the Year Alvin Brown and Tournament MVP DeVontae Wright.

In 10 seasons at USC-Aiken, Alexander posted a 196-113 (.634) record with six 20-win seasons. A four-time PBC Coach of the Year, he earned NABC Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

Fourteen Pacers coached by Alexander earned All-PBC honors, with a pair of PBC Players of the Year in Chris Commons (2008 & 2009) and Nelson (2013). Four of Alexander's players earned post-season All-America honors, and four were named PBC All-Academic selections.

Prior to his successful stint at USC-Aiken, Alexander spent six seasons at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2005, charting an 89-74 record.

With Alexander at the helm, Mansfield won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division championship in 2005 with an 18-11 record, 10-2 in PSAC East play. Alexander's 2003-04 squad at Mansfield recorded a 21-7 mark, the first of his seven 20-win campaigns over his 16 seasons as a head coach.

Altogether, Alexander has posted a 285-187 record over his 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

Alexander previously served as head boys basketball coach at William Penn High School in York, Pa., as well as Dean of Students for the York City School District from 1995 to 1997, winning a pair of YAIAA championships and the 1997 York County title. He began his coaching career in Oklahoma, earning his first head coaching position at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., and advancing to the Oklahoma Regional Finals in 1995.

Alexander earned his Associate of Arts degree in physical education from Blinn College (Texas) in 1987, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and recreation from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1989. He earned All-Conference and All-Region honors at Blinn, and served as the team captain for two seasons at Oklahoma Baptist.

Alexander and his wife, Anita, have one son, Benjamin, and one daughter, Samantha Denae.